Newport, RI, USA, 17 July 2018 |

Jordan Thompson is into the second round of the Hall of Fame Open in Newport, posting a 6-4 6-3 win over James Duckworth in an all-Australian first round clash.

It was the 24-year-old’s first ATP-level victory since last year’s US Open and sets up a meeting with top seed Adrian Mannarino of France.

He joins fourth-seeded Matthew Ebden, a finalist last year, in the second round. Ebden, who received a first round bye, faces American Tim Smyczek for a quarterfinal place in the US grass court event.

Alex Bolt, Bernard Tomic and Alex De Minaur will aim to join them when they play first round matches tomorrow.

The No.176-ranked Bolt qualified for the main draw with a 6-3 3-6 6-3 win over American Alex Rybakov, setting up a first round meeting with American wildcard Christian Harrison.

Tomic also earnt his place through qualifying, posting a 6-4 6-3 win over Italian Alessandro Bega in the final round. The No.155-ranked Tomic hit 17 aces in a 62-minute victory. He faces Israel’s Dudi Sela in the first round.

Alex De Minaur, seeded at an ATP tournament for the first time in his career, meets big-serving Croatian Ivo Karlovic in the first round. It will be the 19-year-old’s first meeting with Karlovic, who is 20 years older and holds a 30-centimetre height advantage.

John-Patrick Smith lost in the final qualifying round, beaten by Victor Estrella Burgos 3-6 7-5 7-5.